Modi inaugurates Atal Tunnel at Rohtang

Tribune Web Desk

Chandigarh, October 3

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Atal Tunnel at Rohtang, Manali, on Saturday.

The Prime Minister arrived at Manali on early today morning to inaugurate the Atal Tunnel, the longest highway tunnel in the world built at an altitude of 3,000 meters.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Manali to inaugurate the Atal Tunnel on Saturday. Credits: Twitter/DD News

The longest motorable tunnel at a height of over 3,000 metres will reduce the distance between Manali and Keylong by 46 km. It is expected to boost tourism and winter sports in the region. Significantly, it will facilitate the movement of armed forces and infantry combat vehicles to the Line of Actual Control.

The foundation stone for the 9.02-km horseshoe-shaped tunnel, built by the Border Roads Organisation at a cost of about Rs 4,000 crore, was laid by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on June 28, 2010.

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